the new league year had barely begun when they made a couple of moves official.Cleveland wasted no time in announcing that they have acquired wide receiver Odell Beckham and defensive end Olivier Vernon in a trade with the Giants. They agreed to acquire each player at different times Darian Thompson Jerseys 2019
, but the need to wait until Wednesday afternoon to finalize the move meant it became one big deal.“Each of them respectively are very good football players who will come in here and help us achieve our goal, and that’s to be competitive year in and year out in the AFC North,” Browns General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “And hopefully, they are some of the pieces that will help us awaken this sleeping giant.”Guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers, a first-round pick and a third-round pick are going back to the Giants. There had originally been a pair of picks involved in a Vernon-Zeitler deal, but those were removed after the Beckham trade came to fruition. When it comes to protecting the ultimate reality show’s ultimate reality show White Kevin Zeitler Jerseys
, certain sacrifices need to be made, apparently.A story regarding quarterback Josh Rosen‘s clunky exit from Arizona contains a telling revelation regarding the effort to trade the 10th overall pick in last year’s draft. The Cardinals didn’t start the process until after they made quarterback Kyler Murray the first overall pick in this year’s draft.Via Robert Klemko of SI.com, G.M. Steve Keim asked Rosen’s agent, Ryan Williams, whether the Patriots may have interest in Rosen — after the Murray selection.“Williams was taken aback and grew angry,” Klemko writes.The whole world knew, or had a good idea Kevin Zeitler Jerseys 2019
, that the Cardinals were taking Murray on Thursday. (Emphasis in original.)The obvious, and only logical, answer is this: The NFL wanted to maximize the relevance of its TV show.If Rosen had been traded at any point before the draft, it instantly would have become obvious that the Cardinals were taking Murray. Which would have prevented ESPN and NFL Network from spending weeks generating false hype for a decision that secretly was a .And Arizona amazingly went along with it, helping boost the total viewership of the draft to, the league contends, 47.5 million over three days. (If you’re curious as to why I’m skeptical White Golden Tate Jerseys
, it wouldn’t be the first time that the league was more than a little self-serving about the millions who were, or weren’t, served.)So here’s the real question: What did the Cardinals get in return for undermining their short- and long-term strategic interests by failing to maximize the return for Rosen? Another Super Bowl in the desert? The draft? Something else the team has been lobbying for that may not be obvious?Whatever it is, here’s hoping it was worth it. Because the Cardinals surely could have done better than pick No. 62 this year and a fifth-round selection next year if it had launched an auction at some point in March, and if it had shipped Rosen to the highest bidder, with teams like the Giants, Washington Golden Tate Jerseys 2019
, the Chargers, and the Patriots also potentially at the table, regardless of whether the world would have known that the Cardinals would be drafting Kyler Murray.